MEMS 421 - Medieval Drama
Section: 001 Before Shakespeare: Masterpieces of Early Drama
Term: FA 2014
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
May not be repeated for credit.

Like all offerings in RC Drama, this course will combine Theatre History with practical work on stage. All the plays of the syllabus will be work-shopped, and from them three scenes will be chosen by the students for full realization (‘off-book’ and ‘blocked’ with props and costumes as available). Quizzes, short analysis papers, and a class report on another early drama not on the syllabus will supplement this primary activity.

A selection of plays in translation from the late 14th to the late 16th century will include:

  1. Carnival farce:

    • The Pie and the Tart and Pierre Pathelin (French)
    • Fool Surgery and Death in the Tree (German)
  2. The Mystery Play:

    • Joseph’s Troubles about Mary (York Cycle)

    • The Second Shepherd’s Play (Wakefield)

    • The Crucifixion (York Cycle)

  3. The Saint’s Play:

    • Le Mystère de Saint Martin (selections in translation)
  4. The Morality Play:

    • Mankind
  5. Toward Shakespearean Comedy & Tragedy:
    • Gammer Gurton’s Needle
    • Doctor Faustus — Marlowe

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MEMS 421 - Medieval Drama
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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